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KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture explores who and what matters in our designed world – on air, online and at public events. Host Frances Anderton talks to designers, users and experts about products, fashion, buildings and more, in Los Angeles and beyond –revealing how we shape today’s world and how it shapes us.
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Fanatic! Very stoked about tonight’s show. Over the next several weeks, as we go sprinting into Fanatic Spring, we’ll be bringing a lot of new music to the show. Something to look forward to! Remember we listened to that cool band Jaguar 777 weeks ago? Their 12” is now available. Here’s the info. Tonight, it’s a great mix tape, something to get us …
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Fanatic. As you might be already aware, Wayne Kramer from the MC5 has passed away. The MC5 were an inspiration to countless bands and people since they came roaring to life in the 1960s. All three of their albums are great, High Time is my personal favorite. The MC5 was a shared favorite amongst the ranks of Black Flag. A good read with a lot of in…
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Fanatic! I hope you had a great week and you liked last week’s show. I’ve listened to all these tracks as a mix tape and I think we’ve got a good show. I’m really liking the Perfect Whip album. Thanks to Michael Mulholland for the heads up. https://perfectwhip.bandcamp.com/album/jive-bullshit It looks like the recordings of These Immortal Souls, fe…
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Fanatic! I don’t know where you are but I hope the weather isn’t too challenging. I thought it might be useful to make a list of the Bandcamp site addresses of some of the bands that are new to our show. Checkpoint The Drin Model Zero Golden Grease Control Top Joy Viver Birthday Girl Grazia Perfect Whip I just got my Perfect Whip vinyl and will pla…
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Fanatic! I hope you had a good week with lots of music listened to. Apparently, if you’re in North America, you’re going to be in for some heavy weather of some kind over the weekend and into the week. If you’re looking at a lot of snow, I hope you’ve prepared yourself. I’ve been working away on writing projects and other tasks that keep me desk bo…
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Fanatic! Interesting new year! At the time of this writing, we’re only a few hours out from show time. Earlier today, I listened back to all the tracks for tonight’s show and I think we’ve got a good mix to start the year together. Right now, I’m listening to the tracks for next week’s show, which Engineer X and I put the final touches on yesterday…
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Fanatic! While I’m sure there are more festive things to do than listen to a radio show, we thank you nonetheless for tuning in. So, another year is finishing. On behalf of myself, Engineer X and Engineer Am Rock, I’d like to thank you for checking out the show week after week. Although it’s a lot of effort to put the show together and bring it to …
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Fanatic. I hope you haven’t been stuck at an airport, on a highway or a crowded family setting that’s hard to endure. Our good pal and sonic ally Michael Mulholland from Australia, who has a great radio show in Melbourne recommended a couple of bands to me and finding them worth checking out, I must pass the recommendation onto you. Thanks, Mike! A…
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So often architecture is associated with high price custom homes and fancy institutional buildings.But many designers are also helping shape the city with pro bono work for nonprofits in less affluent neighborhoods. One in the news recently is the Campus For At-Risk Children in Watts being designed by Frank Gehry.And unveiled Saturday – with a cele…
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Berliners are facing many of the same challenges as Angelenos in terms of affordable living space, as well as coming to grips with changing family structure; but, they have come up with an intriguing solution. Baugruppen, meaning building groups, are cohousing communities where you choose who you want to live alongside and then split the costs of d…
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While in Berlin, DnA’s producer Caroline Chamberlain visited the world’s first board game cafe called Spielwiese. She met with the designers of some games dealing with some very German challenges. “Cool am Pool” is a board game coming soon by Hartwig Jakubik that has players compete over the best places by the pool. Caroline learns how it works and…
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s first L.A. commission, the Hollyhock House, opens once more to the public after a lengthy restoration. Alan Hess, an architect and preservationist who has written five books on Frank Lloyd Wright, talks about why he can’t wait for the building’s opening and what we can learn from Frank Lloyd Wright today.…
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Huntington Beach approved a reusable bag ordinance last month. Channel 2 reports, while many agree with the goal to cut down on the 123 thousand tons of discarded plastic bags in the state every year, a lot of residents in HB are hot under the collar that the ban wasn’t put on the ballot. They say if the city is worried about the beaches, they shou…
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